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Concept Art Diploma



The Concept Art Online Diploma program provides aspiring artists with the necessary foundation tools and the key to becoming successful Conceptual Artists. 

Type: Online Diploma
Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced
Duration: 12 months
Start Dates: Sep, Jan, Apr, Jul;
Admission Requirements: See below.

Program Description

The objectives for this online program are to welcome aspiring Concept Artists and prepare them throughout the course of studies for entry level positions in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries. This program provides them with the necessary foundation tools and the key to becoming successful Conceptual Artists.


Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), designated under the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (BCEQA), the Ministry of Advanced Education and listed under the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).


What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.


Program Duration

Concept Art at Vancouver Animation School is a 4 term intensive. The  Program consists of 20 hours per week comprised of live classes and online activities with a total duration of 990 hours delivered in 12 months.  A part time version is also available.


Study and Work in Canada

This full-time online program meets the Ministry of Education requirements to Study and Work in Canada.  Students may study from their home countries or in Vancouver, Canada.  When studying in Vancouver, Canada,  all classes are conducted online and 20 hours per week of on-site lab access is available for students to interact with one another.  Students will need to apply for a Student Visa and are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week for the duration of the program.  Citizen and Immigration Canada reserves the right to grant student visas and work permits on an individual basis.  In order to apply for a Student Visa, students must be accepted into the program.


Admission Requirements

High school graduate (with transcript), or 19 years of age or older
Must pass general assessment test and submit a portfolio. If no portfolio is submitted, student must successfully pass the Introduction to Concept Art online course.
International students with English as a second language must demonstrate a good oral and written level of English. A telephone, Skype, or in-person interview may be required to verify this.


Who should attend this program?

Aspiring Concept Artists, people that have an ability to draw, to create and have a wild imagination.  Artists with the ability to convey their thoughts into drawings.


Who is our target student?

Aspiring artists who are deeply passionate about Concept Art, who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career throughout their life in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.   At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to succeed,  focusing on your strengths is our philosophy.


Who is not our target student?

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.  We recommend taking other short courses we offer to find and recognize their strengths.


Class Times, Assignments and Workload

- Classes are delivered 100% online
- Small class sizes:  8 students
- 2 live sessions per week, one hour per session (Watch sample class)
- Weekly assignments comprised of milestones and deadlines
- Online activities
- Assignments workload 20 - 25 hours per week
- Schedules are assembled by time zone; applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.  We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.
- Although all instruction is provided online, for students on a study permit, 20 hours of onsite lab accessibility is available for interaction.  Students are responsible for bringing their own laptops with pre-installed software.


Program Outline

Year TermCode Name of CourseCreditsDuration
Term 1
Drawing Foundations & Drawing Preparation
63 Months
  COOL-100Online collaboration and activities
Term 2
CONC-200Characters and Environments63 Months
  COOL-200Online collaboration and activities3
Term 3
CONC-300Production Design63 Months
  COOL-300Online collaboration and activities3
Term 4
CONC-400Portfolio Development63 Months
  BUSI-400Business and Job Development
3612 Months 




Our curriculum for our Concept Art program has been carefully designed by our faculty board.   We operate in an environment of continuous improvement, adapting to industry needs and with industry input.

Download Concept Art Curriculum



Required Materials

Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs.

Internet broadband / High Speed connection.


The Basis of Successful Art: Concept and Composition
Force: Character Design from Life Drawing
Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers


Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software. Academic discounts are available to our students.


System Requirements


     Windows: XP, Vista Vista 64 bit
     Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
     4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
     Firefox 3.0 
     Flash Player
     Acrobat Reader
     QuickTime Pro


     Mac OSX Tiger or newer                    
     Processor: G5 / Intel
     4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
     Firefox 3.0
     Flash Player
     Acrobat Reader
     Quick Time Pro


Digital Pen

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Wacom is committed to developing technology to meet the needs of specific professions and industries that can benefit from a more natural and efficient way to work.


Software Requirements

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Additional Information

Students must complete every assignment in the program and obtain a minimum average of letter B- (73%) per term to graduate successfully.

Concept artists develop plans and visual concepts for games and movies. These professionals typically work in computer gaming or movie studio environments, creating characters and scenery.


University Degrees

This program is eligible for University Degree Pathways.


Transfer Credits

This program is listed under the BC Transfer Guide as block transfer.


Tuition in Canadian Dollars

See Tuition and Fees breakdown


Your Tuition is Protected

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See Scholarships and Portfolio requirements


Financial Aid

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Graduation in Vancouver, Canada.

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